President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday appointed a 13-member Special Presidential Task Force to Recover State Assets, which the previous government top brass is alleged to have accu mulated through illegal means.
The task force is one of the promises the incumbent President Maithripala Sirisena made during the presidential election of January 08. The governments of the US, India and Seychelles have already expressed their willingness to support investigations of the Sri Lankan government by divulging the assets and banks accounts of Sri Lankans in those countries.
Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIBOC), Dilrukshi Dias Wickremesinghe is one of the members appointed to the new Task Force by President Sirisena yesterday,though the Opposition alleged that she had drawn two salaries from the government.
The Opposition has demanded her removal as she, too, has bribery allegations against her.
Bimibha Thilakaratne, H. M. L. T. Mudalige, H. Amaratunga, C. A. H. M. Wijeratne, A. K. D. D. D. Arandara, L. S. Pathinayake, Dilrukshi Dias Wickremesinghe, Kalyani Dahanayake, Jagath P. Wijeweera, P. N. Jayawardana, C. A. Premashantha, President’s Legal Adviser Yasantha Kodagoda and Senior Attorney-at-Law J. C. Weliamuna were given their appointment letters at the President’s Office.
Secretary to the President, P. B. Abeykoon too was present on the occasion
by Madura Ranwala